We listen to old buildings and will communicate with you keeping your house in mind.
Simply put...we love old buildings! We are a small firm working only on historic homes that are 50 years and older. We believe in options. We will work for you, with you, or teach you how to repair and/or maintain your home.
Ol' House Experts specializes in education, house investigation, and restoration and repairs in:
- wood windows
- zinc camed windows
- stained glass
A first consultation would entail meeting with you at the project site and determining the scope of work. Historic buildings are unique and interesting, always presenting problem-solving challenges. We understand that and believe in helping you with advice and suitable options for the project. A firm quote is sent and work will proceed as agreed upon after the first FREE consultation.
For a typical historic window restoration, window sashes, interior stops, and parting beads are removed safely and cleanly from the site. Ol’ House Experts prefers to complete most restoration work in our shop where we have control of environmental factors. This is the safest and most cost effective way.
Procedures for restoration are completed with as much sensitivity as possible. We respect and understand the historic materials and methods used in buildings throughout time. For example: in-kind species and sometimes “old growth” salvaged wood is used for most wood repairs.
When a project is delivered to our shop, all hardware is removed and cleaned. Paint is removed from window sashes with steam or heat. No chemical strippers are used for this process. All glass is salvaged, cleaned, and re-installed. We are dealers of a new, wavy glass, which can be specified for broken and damaged glass at customer’s request. Quality primers, paints and finishes are used and color choices are determined by the customer. Upon completion, windows and hardware are re-installed on the job with ropes and weights re-attached.